Decision on farm loan waiver soon: Amarinder

Monday 19th June 2017 11:35 EDT

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said his government would soon announce its decision on farm debt waiver based on the recommendations made by the T Haq Expert Committee. Singh, addressing the state assembly, reiterated his government's commitment to fulfil all poll manifesto promises, including loan waiver and 'Kurki' abolition for the distressed farmers of the region.

He vented out at the former ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, calling it extremely sad and unfortunate “their repeated attempts to undermine the sanctity of the House and bring disrepute to its sacred traditions”. He said they were resorting obstructionist behaviour to prevent the conduct of any important business instead of raising issues to solve. The CM said prestige of the Speaker had never been as lowered as by “throwing paper missiles at him inside the House”.

Lashing out at the opposition, he dared Akalis to come and debate in the House, saying the opposition knew the government was bringing the Kurki abolition bill and were creating a ruckus to claim credit for it. He blamed the SAD for 10 years of “misrule”, pointing out that 7,000 cultivators committed suicide during the previous government's tenure.

The Akalis were in a slumber and have now suddenly become the custodians of the farmers' interest and welfare, he added. Earlier, speaking on a call attention motion, Singh made it clear that no bus would be allowed to ply illegally on the state's roads. The new transport policy will clean up the state of illegally plying vehicles once and for all, he added.

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